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MIT researchers develop a low-cost device to monitor home power consumption

A team of researchers at MIT has developed a device designed to give home owners a better picture of how much power their individual appliances are eating up. The gadget, which was outlined in a paper published in a recent edition of the <i>IEEE Sensors Journal</i>, offers a simple installation process …

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Getting started with Raspberry Pi

In early 2012 an intriguing single-board computer with a weird name hit the market. For the low price of $35, you could get a fully functioning …

Amazon reveals how to build an Echo speaker with the Raspberry Pi

The power of Alexa for a fraction of the price<p>Amazon wants to push its Alexa voice assistant as far and wide as possible, so much so that one of the company's employees has released a step-by-step guide to building an Alexa-powered speaker yourself with a Raspberry Pi. The do-it-yourself Echo can …

Twitter Loses It Over Anonymous Tweet 'Predicting' NYSE Glitch

The hacker group Anonymous tweeted late Tuesday evening that the following day might “be bad for Wall Street.” And just 12 hours later trading on the …

Octopus Ventures De-Cloaks — Reveals Its ‘Evergreen’ £60m Early Stage Fund

Octopus Ventures (CrunchBase listing) has become one of the most active early stage investors in the UK, backing many early individuals and businesses which went on to greater heights. These include backing Alex Chesterman all the way from Screen Select to LOVEFiLM and then from the early stages of …

Where to buy Samsung's Galaxy Note 4

A week later than Samsung had originally planned, the new Galaxy Note 4 has today officially landed on UK shores. As far as we're concerned, the 5.7-inch behemoth is the best big-screen phone you can get your hands on at the moment, with a gorgeous, pixel-dense display and all the power you can …

Google trial lets you chat with doctors when you search for symptoms

Searching the web for symptoms of illness can be dangerous -- you could identify a real condition, but you also risk scaring yourself for no reason through a misdiagnosis. Google might have a solution that puts your mind at ease, though. The company has confirmed to Engadget that it's testing a …

Mind-altering plants and fungi from peyote to coffee at Kew Gardens – in pictures

From the ancient Aztecs to Woodstock hippies, mind-altering plants have been used by different cultures for thousands of years, for everything from shamanic rituals to staying awake. A new exhibition at London’s Kew Gardens looks at some of the most popular. It runs until 12 October 2014

Marketing Tools for Any Self-Publishing Authors

Once you’ve got an intention, move onto your audience. Who are they? Why will they care? Where do they currently get their information from?<p>If you don’t know who your audience is, consider this:<p>Why did you write the book?<br>• What do you want people to get from it?<br>• Why would those people be motivated to …

Top five home routers for Wi-Fi Calling

Since the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are the first Apple phones that support both the 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard and Wi-Fi Calling, the cell coverage for your smartphone has just jumped to a new level. So what is Wi-Fi Calling?<p>This is a technology that allows smartphones to deliver voice calls and text …

How the Raspberry Pi Foundation aims to fix computing

The Raspberry Pi microcomputer, launched in 2012, has already become a fixture of tech culture. Built by a tiny British charity, this diminutive machine can -- with a little effort -- be converted into all manner of entertaining contraptions.<p>But the Pi isn't just about showing grown-up geeks a good …

Our Use Of Little Words Can, Uh, Reveal Hidden Interests

One Friday night, 30 men and 30 women gathered at a hotel restaurant in Washington, D.C. Their goal was love, or maybe sex, or maybe some combination of the two. They were there for speed dating.<p>The women sat at separate numbered tables while the men moved down the line, and for two solid hours …

All The Cakes You Can Make With Just A Box Of Cake Mix And A Bottle Of Soda

Cake mix. Soda. That's all you need.<p>It would appear that no cake recipe is as easy to follow as the one printed on the back of a cake mix box.<p>Eggs, butter (or oil), water. Heat, beat, bake. Easy as cake from a box pie.<p>But there <i>is</i> something easier, dear cake-lovers. Swap all but the cake mix for a …

The Calorie Myth: How to Eat More, Exercise Less, Lose Weight, and Live Better by Jonathan Bailor...Summarized

• <b>Author:</b> J.J. Holt<p>This is a summary of the book 'The Calorie Myth: How to Eat More, Exercise Less, Lose Weight, and Live Better' by Jonathan Bailor, which has been summarized by J.J. Holt.

9 Beautiful Desserts That Are Dangerously Easy To Make

Without the use of a microwave OR mug. (No offense mug cakes.)<p>It's a common misconception that desserts are difficult to make. Along with baking -- which can at times be stressful -- people assume that desserts should be left in the hands of professional pastry chefs. This is not true, folks. Some …

Six alternative web browsers you should know about

Most people are only familiar with the “big five” web browsers — Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari and Opera. But there are hundreds of …

With this new $10 antenna, you have no excuse not to try over-the-air TV

Would-be cord cutters, take notice: Antenna maker ChannelMaster just introduced a new over-the-air TV indoor antenna called the Flatenna that sells …

Dropbox unveils new tools for business customers

Unlocking phones in the US will soon be legal

Congress passes unlocking bill, and Obama plans to sign<p>Consumers in the US will soon be able to legally unlock their phones for use on other wireless networks. The House of Representatives unanimously passed a bill this afternoon legalizing cell phone unlocking, following the lead of the US Senate …

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From Android Auto to OnLive: how video is becoming the secret glue of connected devices

Here’s something you may not know about Android Auto, Google’s (S GOOG) attempt to enter the automotive space: Cars compatible with Android Auto …

And The Biggest Threat To The Internet Is...

…government. That’s the opinion of over 1,400 experts, from academics to engineers, consulted by the Pew Internet and American Life Project.<p>The Net Threats report highlights widespread fears that nation states will increasingly block, filter and segment the internet to try and maintain security and …

Want To Communicate Anonymously Without Being Monitored Or Tracked? 'Blackphone' Now On Sale

Snowden, the NSA, getting “Scroogled”; do these various buzzwords making the rounds these days get your hackles up? Frankly, I don’t blame you. Personally, I don’t have enough “interesting” information to share. And though I lead a rather “regular” existence, I do realize there are plenty of folks …

17 Websites That Will Make You Smarter

This story originally appeared on Business Insider<p>Tired of wasting your time watching cat videos or scrolling through your Facebook newsfeed? Want to be more productive next time you go online?<p>Here's a list of websites that will actually make you smarter:<p><b>1. Digital Photography School —</b> Read through …

Here's How to Stop Facebook From Snooping in Your Web History

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>This week, Facebook announced it was expanding its evil empire adding targeted advertising based on …

Netflix CEO: Facebook Auto-Sharing "Hasn't Yet Panned Out"

Turns out people don't want to publicize everything they do.<p>Netflix pushed Congress to allow its users to automatically share their viewing habits on Facebook when they linked their account with the social network. Sounds like it was a wasted effort.<p>The company’s CEO, Reed Hastings, acknowledged at …